What did the band Rage Against the Machine contribute to music?

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One of the most important contributions that Rage Against the Machine made to music was to insert political discourse as a significant part of its music.  Rage Against the Machine did not feel shy about expressing its political ideology, and this made it essential.  In a time where music was moving towards an emphasis on popular music, as seen in the emergence of "boy bands," and in embracing a type of "wish fulfillment" in rap music, political consciousness and activism become critical to the contributions of Rage Against the Machine, something that is evident in frontman de la Rocha's belief system:  "I'm interested in spreading those ideas through art, because music has the power to cross borders, to break military sieges and to establish real dialogue."  The band's contributions exists on both political and musically aesthetic planes.

Rage Against the Machine offers voice on distinct social and economic realities. This becomes another contribution that the band has made to...

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